ABOUT THE PROGRAM
When winter transitions into spring, the trees undergo a remarkable transformation. Small doses of sunshine and water nourish life. Soon after, they are adorned with fragrant flowers. This is an example of “tanwīr”. Likewise, education has the same effect on a human’s soul; through learning about Islām, one undergoes a transformation analogous to a seemingly dead tree coming to life.
tanwir |tənWĪR| n.
A wondrous miracle.
WHAT IS THE TANWIR INTENSIVE?
The Tanwīr Intensive is a year-long Arabic & Islamic studies program which aims to lay the foundation for one’s Islāmic edification. The positive ways in which Muslims contribute to society are endless. Every Muslim should strive to please Allāh ﷻ through the gifts and talents that they have been bestowed. Our scholars recognized the importance of occupations like medicine, business, and engineering. While it is the scholars’ duty to pursue formal Islāmic education in the most detail, knowing Islām’s basic teachings is obligatory upon every Muslim. Moreover, what Islāmic knowledge provides, intellectually and spiritually, enriches an individual thereby creating a morally upright and successful person. Some may go on to become scholars of the religion, while others will go on to work in other occupations. Both paths are respected; in fact, both paths are needed. For those on either path, Islāmic knowledge must be acquired. In short, choosing a professional career should not close the door to furthering one’s Islāmic education.
We need to enter new phases of life in full bloom, with love for Islām radiating from within our souls, permeating our thoughts and actions, and opening our hearts to our true purpose.
The Tanwīr Intensive provides such an opportunity. Often benefiting from our program are individuals seeking further education and religious literacy, and those making transitions in life: from high school into college, from college into the workplace, or from one job to another. These transitions can be enormous; along with being physically demanding, they can be emotionally and spiritually taxing. Many of us need an opportunity to refresh ourselves, to find direction and inspiration before embarking on major life tasks. We need Islām in our lives, and we need to understand it. We need to enter new phases of life in full bloom, with love for Islām radiating from within our souls, permeating our thoughts and actions, and opening our hearts to our true purpose. This program is a great opportunity for one to immerse his/her self into sacred knowledge; to realize and learn one’s religion while being present in an environment where Islām is practiced out of love. For a full year, one will learn Arabic and the Islāmic Sciences in a way that will change them forever. Like a tree blooming after a cold and gloomy winter, with Allāh’s help and mercy, one’s soul will be refreshed and ready to walk the path of life as a successful Muslim.